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Sometimes I Just Gotta Spoon
Sometimes I Just Gotta Spoon
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 10/5/2019
One of my favorite lures to fish for Bass and especially Pike is the old Silver Minnow Johnson spoon. This is a very over looked bait by about 90% of all Bass fisherman and many Pike anglers as well. The key to catching fish on the Johnson spoon is they require a little tweaking to work properly. The other type of spoon I use a lot is the Daredevil. The Daredevil works pretty well out of the...
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Green(ling) With Envy!
Green(ling) With Envy!
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 10/5/2019
It’s no secret fishing opportunities in Puget Sound have taken a big hit in recent years. First, rockfish populations plummeted and the opportunity to catch and keep them ended. Lingcod seasons are short in duration (May 1st through June 15th) and salmon seasons open and close in the various marine areas on a continual basis these days due to low abundances of Chinook salmon in much of the Sali...
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Squidding Like A Pro
Squidding Like A Pro
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 10/5/2019
October is here. For most Puget Sound anglers, this means coho salmon. But for dozens of fishermen lined up along every saltwater pier, fall means squid fishing! Puget Sound market squid live in the depths in warmer weather, but come in shallow during the fall and winter months in massive schools to spawn. These squid are small, less than 12 inches, but incredibly tasty. They make for great seafoo...
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Using Downriggers to Catch More Fish
Using Downriggers to Catch More Fish
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 10/5/2019
The downrigger has accounted for increased catch rates for a good reason and if you fish waters where they can be used then you will have the advantage once you learn how to use them. Using a downrigger allows you to keep your lure in the zone of the fish. They are a tool to be used in open water, bays, estuaries and large rivers and very effective. Salmon anglers have been using them for years an...
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Hell's Canyon Cast and Blast Adventure
Hell's Canyon Cast and Blast Adventure
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 10/5/2019
The shadows stretched over the river, causing an ever-changing view of one of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest treasures, Hells Canyon, on the Snake River bordering Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Around us canyon walls of basalt lava climbed over one mile to the west rim on the Oregon side and 7,400 feet below the peaks of the Seven Devils Mountain range to the east. Hells Canyon began being carv...
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Downs Lake Will Lift Your Spirits
Downs Lake Will Lift Your Spirits
Author: John Kruse
Posted: 9/2/2019
Suffering from a case of the summertime blues? Is life’s fast and frantic pace stressing you out? There’s a tonic for that and you’ll find it at the most unlikely of named destinations, Downs Lake. That’s where I went a few weeks ago after loading my kayak into the back of my pick-up, placing a couple of fishing rods in the cab, and bringing a digital camera for good measure. Located in Spok...
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Slaying Kings on the Carbon
Slaying Kings on the Carbon
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 9/2/2019
The Carbon River is a 30 mile long stretch of murky water, running from the Carbon Glacier on Mount Rainier to the Puyallup River in Orting, Washington. It opens on September 1st to crowds of eager anglers. Huge, toothy king salmon lurk in those silty waters, slowly making their way to the spawning grounds. There are a few "boots", as some anglers call darkened, spawned out salmon, but many are st...
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Soft Steel USA Braided Lines -NWFR Special Deal!
Soft Steel USA Braided Lines -NWFR Special Deal!
Author: Sponsored Content
Posted: 9/2/2019
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South Whidbey Island Beach Salmon
South Whidbey Island Beach Salmon
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 9/2/2019
I attached the two ounce flutter jig to my line and heaved back on my rod, the weight of the lure and flex of the rod loading for maximum distance. At just the right instant my thumb released pressure on the line and I watched with satisfaction as the lure propelled itself ever farther from the beach, landing just short of an anchored boat, startling the anglers on board. Closing my bail I reeled ...
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Kokanee - Spawning Phase
Kokanee - Spawning Phase
Author: Gary Gordon
Posted: 9/2/2019
Spring and Summer Pursuit of Kokanee: The Spawn A Kokanee University Mini-Series, Part 5 You all know the signs. The kokes are starting to “turn” meaning that they are showing some color. The stomach contents will be nil or close to it. The males will start forming a kype. The soft scales are now hardened and the soft mouths are also considerably hardened. All these factors are the r...
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Fishing Etiquette 101
Fishing Etiquette 101
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 9/2/2019
In simplest terms, fishing etiquette could be easily defined as treating other anglers as you would want to be treated. Here's a list of fishing etiquette rules I've learned and lived by over the years of my fishing trips: • Don't get on top of somebody that's obviously working a particular spot or cut in front of them if they are working their way down a bank. If you're fishing a sea wall or l...
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Finding New Waters
Finding New Waters
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 9/2/2019
It seems that each year I find myself fishing the same places for the same fish. It is comfortable to go someplace you have been before and with success. Not really any need to find any place new, that is until you find yourself not catching fish, water conditions change, or maybe access has been removed. There are many reasons why we find ourselves needed or wanting to explore new waters. Maybe i...
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